Category: Opinion

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Editorial: Hardware presents a hard choice

AT ISSUE: Inherent classism in new computer guidelines OUR TAKE: Uniformity can’t come at such a high price Last year, the journalism department announced the launch of the CreativityKit program for incoming journalism students. It provided the freshman class with 13-inch MacBook Airs fully equipped with Final Cut Pro X, Microsoft Office, and the Adobe suite in...

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Op-Ed: A student’s take on student orgs

What do you see as the value of student organizations at Emerson? Would your experience at Emerson have been different without them? As a shaky-handed freshman, I knew almost no one outside my suite when I arrived at Emerson Dance Company auditions a week into college. It was early morning; I sat and stretched, not...

Op-Ed: Busy students can’t afford to buy time
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Op-Ed: Busy students can’t afford to buy time

Is your ego that fragile that you have to be busy all the time? This question was raised during a series of four-hour training workshops held by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) last week. As a member of the executive board of two Emerson organizations, I was required to attend this training or...

Op-Ed: Activism for applause or for a cause?
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Op-Ed: Activism for applause or for a cause?

This year, in one last end-of-the-summer hurrah, I gathered with some high school friends to stuff our faces with tortilla chips and salsa, and scrutinize one of pop culture’s most cherished entertainment shows: the MTV Video Music Awards. While I can’t say I felt enlightened by the host, Katy Perry’s, political satire, I was certainly interested...

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Editorial: Dude, where’s my DH?

AT ISSUE: Major campus changes feel alienating to returning students OUR TAKE: We need to remember that this place isn’t ours When we left school at the end of the spring semester, it was the last time we would see the campus to which we had grown accustomed. It was gone by the time we...

Op-Ed: College daze: The pitfalls of introspection
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Op-Ed: College daze: The pitfalls of introspection

This summer, I found myself in Paris staying with a friend of a friend, a person I had never met. Yet the oddity of that never surfaced—we had other concerns. We went to parks, museums, and neighborhoods I never heard of. We slept when morning came and explored when sun set. In these sleepless nights,...

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Students share their expectations for the new year

by Sara Barber and Katherine Burns What do you expect from Emerson this school year: as a social force, as a creative hub, as an academic institution? I work at Emerson’s Gauge Magazine, a semesterly publication that varies its theme with each issue. For Spring 2017, we voted on the theme of chaos; it felt appropriate for...

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Editorial: Underwhelmed by overcommitment

At issue: Emerson’s culture of overcommitment Our take: Failure is an essential learning experience Orientation leaders have, at the direction of orientation core staff, encouraged incoming students this fall to avoid overcommitment, advocating for students to focus on social development and downplaying extracurriculars—a stark contrast to past orientations which have encouraged students to try as much...

Climate survey underscores need for diversity education
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Climate survey underscores need for diversity education

At issue: Results of Emerson’s climate survey are released. Our take: There is a disconnect on issues of diversity that administrators ought to address. Emerson’s first collegewide survey of the campus climate presents many significant results. Some are laudable, like the finding that nearly all students and employees feel diversity is an important personal value. Others, however,...

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The picture to prove it

By en McCanna I have affixed a pink residency sticker over the photograph on my student identification. It has been there since fall semester. Why I didn’t think to do it sooner baffles me. You see, the image on my identification card is a silly one. So silly in fact, that the ARAmark employees could not...